make myself feel better, but there was, like, my friends there, too, from my troop, and they helped me. >> it's also okay to let your parents know that you're feeling a little homesick. but make sure you're not making it sound a lot worse than it really is. >> because the kid very often puts all the pain in the letter, sends it off, and then feels good and goes out to play gaga ball. it's the parent who opens that envelope and gets the pain and thinks, "oh, i have to rescue my child." many parents, in fact, make homesickness worse by continually trying to call the camp. >> well, i think in the middle of the summer, my parents definitely miss me more. >> my parents miss me more. >> here's something else to keep in mind. overcoming homesickness is an achievement you can be proud of. >> when you're away at camp, hey, that's yours. right? your mom didn't arrange it. your dad isn't at the sidelines. it's your victory, your challenge, your choice. >> i love my parents, but there's a time where you just have to sort of leave and be by yourself, and just live. >> and that's why kids who start off homesick usually wind up being happy.